Live From Lincoln Center: New York Philharmonic Gala with Yo-Yo Ma


Updated Mon, Dec 9, 2013 11:23 am

Tuesday, December 31 • 8 p.m.

Live From Lincoln Center will ring in the new year with a special broadcast of the New York Philharmonic’s Opening Gala concert from Avery Fisher Hall featuring Music Director Alan Gilbert and special guest cello soloist Yo-Yo Ma. The Opening Gala concert will feature several dance-inspired orchestral works. The broadcast—hosted by Audra McDonald and featuring interstitial interviews with Yo-Yo Ma and composer Osvaldo Golijov—will air on PBS stations on Tuesday, Dec. 31 at 8 p.m.

Founded in 1842, the New York Philharmonic is one of the oldest orchestras in the world. Since its inception, it has played a leading role in American musical life, reaching out to audiences with touring that began in 1882; recordings beginning in 1917; and radio broadcasts since 1922, now represented by The New York Philharmonic This Week, syndicated nationally 52 weeks a year. The New York Philharmonic has appeared on Live From Lincoln Center more than 75 times.

Music Director Alan Gilbert began his New York Philharmonic tenure in September 2009, the first native New Yorker in the post. He and the Philharmonic have introduced the positions of The Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence and The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence; CONTACT!, the new-music series; and, beginning in the spring of 2014, the NY PHIL BIENNIAL. “He is building a legacy that matters and is helping to change the template for what an American orchestra can be,” The New York Times praised.

The multifaceted career of cellist Yo-Yo Ma is a testament to his continual search for new ways to communicate with audiences, and to his personal desire for artistic growth and renewal. He balances his engagements as soloist with orchestras worldwide with recital and chamber music activities. His discography includes more than 75 albums, with more than 15 Grammy Award winners. Yo-Yo Ma was born in Paris to Chinese parents who later moved the family to New York. He began to study cello at age four, attended The Juilliard School, and in 1976 graduated from Harvard University. He has received numerous awards, among them the National Medal of Arts, Sonning Prize, World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award, Presidential Medal of Freedom, 2011 Kennedy Center Honor, and 2012 Polar Music Prize. He has performed for eight American presidents, most recently at the invitation of President Obama on the occasion of the 56th Inaugural Ceremony.